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Monday, March 12, 2018

Getting tough on Iran ahead of Kim talks

President Trump told Bibi Netanyahu that the United States will drop out of the Iran deal unless changes are made, Axios reported.

As timing is everything in comedy and politics, Trump is about to reap a benefit of agreeing to meet with Kim Jong Un.

"President Trump told Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu in their meeting at the White House last Monday that he won't show flexibility in the negotiations with France, Germany and the U.K. on amending the Iran nuclear deal, two senior Israeli officials told me," Barak Ravid of Israel's Channel 10 news reported at Axios.

Trump has wanted to withdraw from the agreement for some time, but he could not because that would give Iran an excuse to get nukes. Trump will take the blame for many things, but not this.

Meeting with Kim, however, changes the game. Trump must show Kim that Kim must honor any agreement reached. Trump told Netanyahu that without the changes, Trump will not recertify by May 12.

The Kim talks give Trump leverage in this area.

"The bottom line: Trump stressed that if his demands are not met, the U.S. will withdraw from the deal," Axios reported.

Zero Hedge pointed out this affects politics in Iran.

"While a wave of economic protests that momentarily threatened the government's grip have mostly subsided, Iranians are still struggling with massive youth unemployment and runaway inflation. Given the state of unrest at home, it's possible that Iran's leaders may be reconsidering their hard-line stance on modifications - if only because reimposing the sanctions would rapidly undo what economic progress has been made since they were lifted, possibly leading to another round of destabilizing demonstrations," Zero Hedge said.

Readers know meeting with Kim is the right thing to do, now that National Review has told the president, "Don’t Meet with Kim."

It was like reading a mackerel giving flight lessons to an eagle.

"The North may believe that Trump is an easy mark for the latest iteration of this approach. The president is not given to extensive preparation or attention to detail, and his recent White House meetings on immigration and guns demonstrate a negotiator who is eager to tell his interlocutors what they want to hear, even if it is counter to his administration’s policy. Trump will be under pressure from South Korea and from his State Department to be conciliatory, and the temptation to get an agreement, any agreement, to wave around as an against-the-odds diplomatic achievement will be considerable," National Review wrote.

Didn't they just crib the New York Times's advice to Reagan ahead of Reykjavík?

Trump will walk away from a bad deal in a second. He does not need this meeting. Kim does.

And yes, the meeting itself gives Kim the legitimacy he seeks.

So what?

Let us concentrate on what the United States -- and of course, South Korea and Japan -- get out of the deal.

One of the things is a better deal with Iran or no deal at all. Europe has until May 12 to decide.


  1. Kim gets 'face' from meeting The Duck of Death. "So what?" Ja, agree. Face ain't what it used to be.

  2. Nuclear weapons give Kim legitimacy. The Bush Family apparatchiks and their NRO scribes who think that giving Kim billions while refusing to meet is somehow being "tough" and showing who's who are ... well their stupidity would be hilarious if the consequences of them ever getting back in power weren't so dire.

  3. clinton validated nk when he sent carter as an envoy who negotiated a $4 billion dollar extortion payment from US for not pursuing nukes. At the time the peanut man was the US special envoy to terrorist countries. How did that diplomacy work out?

    1. And Madeleine Not-so-bright was a disastrous diplomat as well.

    2. Our Dancing Diva of Diplomacy, as Ollie North called her.

  4. Iran should be fun. Who funded Trump's Azerbaijan resort construction? The Dear Orange Leader's laundry problems are a little more extensive than ring around the collar.

    1. Your tears are always sweet to us.

  5. I bet Kims little butt is puckered like a duck's.

    1. And that's waterproof. - Elric

  6. I wouldn't take NRO's advice on anything. We know thy don't have Trump's (and the USA's) interests at heart.

  7. Trump will walk away from a bad deal in a second. He does not need this meeting.

    Same thing we heard about DACA.

  8. Kim wants to sit at the grown-up table so he's acting like a grown-up. And the weasels at NRO want to discourage this because...?